Nick DeRiso is UCR's assistant managing editor. He was named columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association during a lengthy career in the newspaper industry, and previously oversaw a daily section that was named Top 10 in the nation by the AP.
Journey Albums Ranked Worst to Best
Some Journey lineups were respected but low-selling, while others were bestsellers who got critically ignored. But which one was best?
35 Years Ago: ‘The Lost Boys’ Resets the Vampire Genre
Joel Schumacher's film smashed Hollywood's tired Transylvanian tropes with a dirt biker's chortle.
55 Years Ago: Yardbirds’ ‘Little Games’ Stumbles, Despite Jimmy Page
There was freedom in the air. Just not in throwback producer Mickie Most's sessions.
50 Years Ago: Harry Nilsson Steers Toward the Ditch on ‘Son of Schmilsson’
He steadfastly refused to provide a proper sequel to the long-awaited breakthrough 'Nilsson Schmilsson.'
50 Years Ago: Paul McCartney’s Next Band Takes Flight on Wings Over Europe Tour
His main goal was to slip out from behind the Beatles' long shadow.
July 2022 New Music Releases
For some, July will mark the end of a long silence.
Jeff Beck Announces Album-Length Collaboration With Johnny Depp
"This Is a Song for Miss Hedy Lamarr" advances 13-track LP.
Jim Seals of Seals and Crofts Dies at 80
He was the principal lyricist and singer behind eight Top 40 hits in the '70s, including the ageless "Summer Breeze."
40 Years Ago: How ’16’ Both Revitalized and Divided Chicago
David Foster arrived as the former experimental jazz rockers were at a low ebb.
55 Years Ago: Pink Floyd Unveil Stunning Surround Sound Concert
Nick Mason has called groundbreaking show the "beginning of the concept we spent the next 20-odd years doing."
May 2022 New Music Releases
One of the biggest hitmakers of the '80s is back.
50 Years Ago: Electric Light Orchestra Debut, Then Splinter
Issues included costs, the sound and the fragile creative partnership between Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne.